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The commute of a lifetime

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Just to rub it in, my commute is better than yours.  People say Anchorage is crowded and ugly. I disagree. Let’s start  at 5:05 pm, rush hour.

Crazy number of trees lined up at rush hour

Crazy number of trees lined up at rush hour

 

Then things started to heat up, about 5:15 pm we go over the big bridge.

 

The bridge is over the dog sled trail so we don't collide

The bridge is over the dog sled trail so we don’t collide

 

You might think I work somewhere on the outskirts of town but no. This is what we call Midtown, the U-Med  district, home of University of Alaska Anchorage, Alaska Pacific University, Providence Hospital, Alaska Psychiatric Institute,Anchorage Community Mental Health, The Alaska Native Medical Center, traffic.

When you come to visit Anchorage, you probably won’t visit this area unless something  bad happens or you have an exam scheduled.

 

Alaska Native Medical Center, with the best gift shop in town

Alaska Native Medical Center, with the best gift shop in town

 

Of course there’s concrete in Anchorage. Right behind the bus barn I found this.

 

Do we really want to encourage this kind of behavior?

Do we really want to encourage this kind of behavior?

 

 

I go over a bunch of wooden bridges on my commute. This is great when I’m on the bike. Not so fun on roller blades, for me at least.  I’m a bit too tentative and every plank is an invitation to surf the splinters. Slowing down is also an opportunity to enjoy what’s being bridged.

 

How but a little tannic acid, scarecrow?

How but a little tannic acid, scarecrow?

 

 

Brown water isn’t bad. It’s just the minerals. Most water looks like Goose Lake which is next.

 

Goose poop galore and lots of kiddies swimming in it

Goose poop galore and lots of kiddies swimming in it

 

Let’s not forget the smells on my ride. At Goose Lake the overwhelming smell of pine trees gave way to grilled burgers. There is no smell of sun tan lotion in Anchorage. All tanning is done at a spa. All burning is done outside.

 

This last photo gives you more a feel for the temperature. It’s green and fern like. In  other words it’s cool, pleasant for any activity you could think of. So, there’s a bunch of pollen on my car windshield because it sits in the driveway all summer. Too bad.

You can almost taste the yellow moons, orange hearts

You can almost taste the yellow moons, orange hearts

 

If you think your commute is better than mine, show me!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. It’s hotter there than in LA today!

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